What are the most common electrical code violations?

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2020 | Construction Code Violations |

Electricity powers so many conveniences of modern life that it may be hard for you to imagine existence without it. You would certainly never think to construct a building in which people are to live or work without wiring it for electricity. 

Because electricity is so ubiquitous, it may be easy to take it for granted and forget its potential destructive capability for starting fires. The National Electric Code is in place to prevent electrical hazards during the construction process. According to Coyne College, you can avoid fines and other penalties for NEC violations by recognizing and preventing common electrical code violations. 

Electrical panel disorganization 

Proper organization and labeling of the electrical panel is important to avoid a code violation. Whether it uses fuses, breakers or switches, it is necessary that each bear a label clearly indicating the part of the building that it controls. 

Components with nails and screws 

Securing electrical components in place often involves nails and screws, but the use of each must meet certain criteria. Whenever possible, they should go to one side of the component or apply to the back. To prevent insulation deterioration, it is important to protect the wires when it is necessary for screws and nails to run through the electrical box itself. 

Wire overcrowding 

If a hole measures seven-eighths of an inch in diameter, no more than three wires should run through it. The wires can damage each other if too many of them go through the same opening at the same time. In terms of code violations, this is one of the biggest fire hazards. 

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